11 Ways to Stop Food Waste

11 Ways To Avoid Food WasteIf you’re looking for green tips to save money and the planet, here’s something you can start doing right now. Do your absolute best to avoid food waste.

The University of Arizona reported that most households throw out about 475 pounds of food each year. You don’t want to be just another statistic, do you?

You can stop wasting food by practicing a few simple good green habits!

11 Green Habits to Avoid Food Waste

  1. Create Menus. Before you shop, make a menu. If you plan ahead, you’ll know what you need and you’ll also know how much to buy, and you won’t end up buying too much.
  2. Shop on A Full Stomach. You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. Shopping on an empty stomach will have you buying on impulse and over-buying snack foods and quick fixes.
  3. Share With Others. If you end up with more food than you can eat, send the extra to school with your kids, take it with you to work, or drop it off at a homeless shelter.
  4. Make Only What’s Needed. Many times we plan to eat leftovers and the leftovers just don’t get eaten. Ask your family about their plans for the next few days. If it looks like they won’t be around, cut back on the amount of food you make or.
  5. Create Something New. Use your leftovers to create a brand new dish. For example, get creative by noodles or rice and veggies to left over chili.
  6. Label Cold Food. Before putting food the fridge, date items with a permanent marker on a piece of tape and put the oldest item in the back so that you’re constantly rotating items to the front.
  7. Freeze Individual Portions. You may not have a full meal with your leftover, but you might have enough left over for several portions. So, freeze single portion sizes for times when you only want or need to serve just one person.
  8. Buy From Bulk Bins. Instead of buying boxed or bagged items, buy only what you need from bulk bins. You’ll save money because bulk binned food is usually less expensive, you won’t end up buying what you don’t need, and you create less packaging trash.
  9. Whip Up A Smoothie. Get creative with less-than-fresh fruits and vegetables by making smoothies in your blender.
  10. It’s Soup Time. Throw all your leftovers (including items like rice, noodles, meat, and vegetables) into a pot, add some broth, and make a delicious hot soup. If you don’t like the way it looks or like a creamier soup, add a little non-sweetened almond milk and blend it or use a hand-held mixer or stir stick.
  11. Bake It. Throw leftovers, especially greens like spinach and kale and also meats and other dishes, into a baking dish. Whisk several eggs,  a bit of water, salt and pepper in a separate dish.  If you’ve got any shredded cheese, add it. Drizzle the mixture over the leftovers and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, allowing the egg mixture to completely cook. Voila, a very nice fritada of sorts.

Open your mind. Tighten your purse strings. Help stop food waste.

How do you avoid food waste?

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